Special Needs

Education written question – answered on 16th January 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the role of parents in decisions on whether their child is independently tested for special educational needs.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

Parents will always be central to assessments of their child's special educational needs. Some tell us that local authorities holding responsibility for assessing needs and making provision can appear to be a conflict of interest and lead to a lack of confidence in the process. That is why, through our Green Paper pathfinders, we are testing ways in which the voluntary sector might improve parents' confidence in the assessment process.

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